Prosecutor opposes two parole cases

WARREN — Trumbull County Prosecutor Dennis Watkins sent letters to the Ohio Adult Parole Authority opposing the upcoming paroles of a convicted rapist and a convicted murderer.

Watkins sent the two letters July 30 asking that convicted rapist Karl Vogt and convicted murderer Joel Patterson Jr. stay in prison and serve their maximum sentences.

Patterson, 63, received a life sentence in 1996 on charges of second-degree murder and attempted murder, according to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections. His 1996 sentence came after serving time for a murder in 1972, Watkins said. Patterson is up for parole this month.

“This guy is the consummate violent offender who does not learn as he goes along in life,” Watkins wrote in his letter. “He was once paroled for taking a human life and with that second chance of freedom, he went on to nearly kill again.”

Vogt, 57, was sentenced in May 1996 to six to 25 years after the former Canton man pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated rape involving a young female. Vogt lived in Trumbull County when police say the rapes occurred inside his home on April 2, 1992. The victim was older than age 13 at the time, according to a former prosecutor.

Vogt is up for parole in August, but his maximum sentence would see him serving time until April 2021 if denied.

“The year 2021 comes too soon for sexual predator Karl Vogt’s parole release date because he will, once released, pose a real danger to the community,” Watkins wrote.